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Police in Filton say it’s “business as usual” following station closure

Posted on Friday 28th March 2014 at 8:46 am by SH (Editor)

Police car.

Avon and Somerset Police have confirmed the closure of Filton Police Station, with staff being transferred to Southmead Police Station until the new police centre currently being constructed in Patchway (in front of the Rolls-Royce site) is ready later this year.

The Filton station, in Gloucester Road North, closed on 4th March. The move came days after planning permission to redevelop the site, through the construction of 18 affordable homes, was granted to Knightstone Housing by South Gloucestershire Council.

A police spokesperson told The Journal:

“Filton police station has closed, but officers continue to patrol the area from a temporary base at Southmead Police Station, two miles down the road.”

Chief Inspector Simon Ellis said:

“Minor delays in construction meant the new building [in Patchway] wasn’t ready, as scheduled, when the old station closed in early March following the sale of the site.”

“The local teams are patrolling their beats, running drop-in sessions and making appointments to see people as usual.”

“The public enquiry office at Southmead is available between 8am and 10pm every day if you need to visit a police station.”

You can always report crime or contact your local officers online, through www.avonandsomerset.police.uk, or by calling 101.

The force says it hopes to be able to move into the new police centre in Patchway in May or June. It will include a public enquiry office as well as a new custody unit.

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Councillors to inspect Filton Police Station site to assess impact of redevelopment

Posted on Tuesday 11th February 2014 at 9:37 am by SH (Editor)

Artist's impression of proposed new homes on the site of Filton Police Station.

South Gloucestershire councillors are to carry out an inspection of the Filton Police Station site this Friday (14th February) to assess the impact of a proposed redevelopment that would see the construction of 18 affordable homes.

The public meeting, due to start at around 11.15am, will see members of the Development Control (West) Sites Inspection Sub-Committee assess “the impact on the character and visual amenity of the area, the impact on residential amenity and highway safety and amenity”.

The inspection was ordered by the Development Control (West) Committee at its meeting on 30th January, despite being the committee being advised to approve the planning application in a report prepared by council officers.

Following the site inspection, the application is likely to be re-considered by the Development Control (West) Committe on 27th February.

Filton Town Council has raised no objections to the scheme, saying it “should enhance the area”, but three letters of objection have been received from local residents, citing amongst other issues, concerns about highway safety, overbearing appearance (part of the proposed development is 3-storey) and insufficient car parking.

The applicant, Knightstone Housing, has indicated that it is unable to meet the S106 financial contributions that would usually be expected under the council’s policies, on the grounds that the scheme consists of 100% affordable homes.

According to the council officers’ report, Knightstone would need to commence building on the site in April 2014, to ensure completion by 31st March 2015, which is a requirement of Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) grant funding.

More info: Agenda for the Sites Inspection Sub-Committee visit

Housing association consults on Filton Police Station proposals

Posted on Wednesday 13th February 2013 at 1:44 pm by SH (Editor)

Knightstone Housing Association - Filton Police Station.

Knightstone Housing Association has announced its intention to apply for planning permission to build new homes on the site of Filton Police Station, which is set to be decommissioned in 2014.

The news is revealed in a flyer that has been circulated to local residents and posted on the Filton Town Council website.

On its website, the association says its is working in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council, the Homes and Communities Agency and Avon and Somerset Constabulary to redevelop the site to provide up to 19 affordable homes for rent.

Local residents are invited to attend an information event, where the proposed plans will be displayed.

The event takes place at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Elm Park, on Thursday 21st February, between 4:30pm and 7:30pm.

According to the Knightstone website, the proposals include the construction of one and two bedroom flats, and two and three bedroom houses. The new homes will meet the Homes and Communities Agency’s Quality and Design Standards, including HQI ratings, Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 and Building for Life.

Detailed plans are expected to appear on the Knightstone website on Monday (18th February), in advance of the information event.

Knightstone Housing Association provides housing management and support services to over 24,000 tenants and homeowners in 38 local authority areas across the south west.

The Filton Police Station site was put up for sale in May last year, ahead of the planned transfer of police services to a new station in Patchway in 2014.

Related link: Filton Police Station (Knightstone)

Filton Police Station put on the market ahead of move

Posted on Thursday 24th May 2012 at 5:16 pm by SH (Editor)

Filton Police Station, Gloucester Road, Bristol.

Filton Police Station, on Gloucester Road North, has been put up for sale, ahead of the planned transfer of police services to a new station in Patchway in 2014.

A news item published by Avon and Somerset Police today stated:

“We have begun to market the site well in advance to ensure we get the best market value for the site on behalf of the communities we serve.”

“The move is part of a forcewide accommodation strategy to ensure police services are available and accessible to the public across the Avon and Somerset policing area.”

“Filton police station will continue to have a public enquiry office and to be a base for 999 response and neighbourhood police teams until all these services transfer to the new police station. Policing services for the local community will remain completely unaffected.”

The new police station in Patchway will be part of a larger complex incorporating a custody centre and a crime investigation unit.

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